Media & Performing Arts Lab

The Media and Performing Arts Lab offers young creative minds the opportunity to explore the world of Art, Media, and Entertainment. While careers in this industry include videographer, graphic designer, YouTuber, journalist, photographer, editor, and performer, the skills learned in this lab will be applicable to nearly every career path. The most exciting portion of the Media and Performing Arts Lab is that all students will be exposed to how professional film sets are conducted and organized in the industry. The lab covers everything from writing, directing, shooting, editing, and performance to help students produce an entertaining and successful movie!

Students will be exposed to graphic design, page layout, and photo manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Student filmmakers will use still and movie cameras combined with editing software to create, produce, and edit public service announcements, commercials, documentaries, and short films using Adobe Premiere.

History and English in the Media and Performing Arts Lab will use multimedia sources to learn about historical topics that are still impacting our nation and valley today.  The literature will be chosen to represent the varying viewpoints and interests of Madera students. Additionally, students will build their collaboration and communication skills through the various projects they complete. Students will also become critical thinkers who adapt their skills through creativity.

If you have ever wanted to be in front of the camera or behind it, this is the lab for you.

Our Teaching Team

Steven Chin

Media & Performing Arts Lab

Steven Chin has a long history in film and media arts. He earned his Master’s Degree in Film Production from Chapman University and has taught high school and currently teaches college courses at Fresno City College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego and continues to produce creative bodies of work. Despite having worked for various creative production agencies and film production companies in Los Angeles, he has always had a true passion for education. He has far too many hobbies and pretty much collects everything; when he is not teaching, he loves spending time practicing photography, playing tennis, skateboarding, listening to records, watching basketball, working on computers, playing video games or board games with friends, and watching films. His only regret in life is that he will never have enough time to watch every movie ever made.

Milagros Delgado

Media & Performing Arts Lab

As an educator, Milagros’ core values stem around the belief that every student has brilliance inside them ready to emerge. She has a degree in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Agricultural Communications from Fresno State and a masters in educational leadership from Concordia University, Irvine. Milagros’s career as an English teacher began at Bryant Middle School in Dos Palos, CA and continued for 11 years at Kerman Middle School in Kerman, CA where she taught English 7 & 8 and Honors English 8. She also taught and created curriculum for electives such as Journalism & Yearbook, Humanities, Introduction to Agriculture and Computer Concepts. She served as club advisor for the Drama Club, Debate Team, Movie Club, CJSF and Student Council. Milagros married her high school sweetheart and together they have two sons who play year round sports. Most weekends Milagros can be found at a sporting event cheering on her sons. Her hobbies include photography, baking, and reading young adult and contemporary literature, as well as mysteries.

Donna Kohlruss​

Media & Performing Arts Lab

Donna always wanted to be a teacher, and Mad TEC’s new model is exactly the way she has always wanted to do it. For 30 years, she has been teaching middle school English and history in Yuba City, Fresno, and Clovis. Through her sons’ experiences in high school drama, she has become a lover of theater. She loves stories in all forms — plays, movies, and novels. A fan of warm weather, she enjoys spending time in her backyard gardening. She is passionate about learning and taking risks and thinks words to live by are.

“I never fail. I either win or I learn.”

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